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Islam and Democracy: Perceptions and Misperceptions

8 Pages Posted: 1 Mar 2011 Last revised: 13 Sep 2015

Date Written: February 28, 2011


The compatibility and convergence between Islam and democracy are hotly debated. There are those who believe that these two are utterly incompatible and those who believe that not only the two are compatible, but also democracy is an essential dimension of Islam. The contending positions about this issue are often based on certain mutual misperceptions, which are discussed in this brief paper.

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Farooq, Mohammad Omar, Islam and Democracy: Perceptions and Misperceptions (February 28, 2011). Available at SSRN: or

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